SEREMBAN: Drug syndicates are now targeting markets here following stringent measures taken by the police to check trafficking activities in the Klang Valley and Johor.
State narcotics chief Supt R. Ravi Chandran said the number of arrests in the state have skyrocketed in the first quarter of this year and more young people have been caught for trafficking.
"We have already made 55 arrests under section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the first four months of this year as against 16 in the corresponding period of last year.
"This goes to show that the syndicates are trying to sell drugs here as police have stepped up enforcement in other states particularly in the Klang Valley and Johor," he told reporters at his office here.
Ravi said in the latest arrests, police detained two men aged 20 and 26 in separate raids here on Thursday and Friday for trafficking heroin and syabu. Both, now facing the gallows, were from outside the state.
"The syndicates are luring younger people to act as mules and this is worrying," he said, adding that both the men were also drug addicts.
Police also seized a Honda Accord from the 26-year-old suspect who crashed into a road divider at Taman Seremban Jaya in his unsuccessful bid to escape from the police.
Police seized syabu and heroin which had a street value of RM77,700 in both raids.
Ravi said police also detained 50 people under the special preventive laws as they were believed to be involved in the planning and distribution of drugs in the state compared with only 30 last year.
"The syndicates carry out their activities in the oil palm plantations as they think they can escape the police dragnet.
"But let me remind them that we are aware of this and would increase surveillance in such areas," he said.
Ravi said police also arrested 208 people for drug abuse in the first four months, a 21% increase compared to last year.
"This does not include the 915 addicts detained after testing positive for drug abuse," he said, adding that 67% of all drug cases involved heroin abuse as it was cheaper compared to other drugs.
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